We have started a research program on Creative Arts Therapy with spinal cord injured persons who are in-patients at our 42 bed comprehensive medical and rehab facility. We are hoping to link up the research with the Department of Applied Psychology, Delhi University.
We mostly deal with traumatic spinal cord injury patients and accept 12 persons at a time into our programme. The sessions are scheduled as an integral part and component of the treatment and rehabilitation process. The in-patients are scheduled for two sessions a week and for a minimum period of four weeks.
The entire effort is focussed at re-creating the 'Joy of Living' in their lives. After traumatic injury, the relationship between patients and their families (and you must appreciate that in India whole families come to the hospital, not only the patient: how is it in your country; is there an ethnic divide in cultural practices of family-care-services in hospitals?) is usually one of despair; not of joy.
I'll be interested to share notes with you.
I am essentially an artist and journalist and have involved myself fully with CAT.
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